We are looking forward to the world's largest trade fair for computer and video games, which will take place in Cologne from August 21 to 25, 2018 this year. This not only shifts the fair backwards, but also eliminates the fair Sunday, which is popular with visitors. We have summarized in our following article which innovations are still planned for Gamescom 2018 and what visitors can look forward to in particular. 

Families, pre-entry and tickets for school classes: ticket sales are also subject to changes

For Gamescom 2018, the visitor can choose between five ticket variants. Private visitors can choose between a normal day ticket, a ticket for birds that are particularly early, the pre-entry card, with which visitors can gain access to the popular entertainment area an hour before the start of the fair, and a family ticket if the journey with at least two children is between seven and eleven years ago. The gaming fair also offers tickets for trade visitors. The biggest innovation, however, is the ticket for school classes, this is intended to appeal to all students who are not on school holidays at the time of the fair. It appeals to a particularly large target group, because in some federal states there are no holidays during the trade fair. The only condition in order to get the school tickets, which are charged at € 6,50 per person and are therefore particularly cheap, is that at least ten people per school class, including teaching staff, must take part in the excursion.

But the following applies to all card variants: if the contingent is out of stock, the visitor will get nothing on that day. Ordering online is therefore worthwhile for anyone who wants to visit Gamescom 2018 safely.

Update. June 06, 2018:

The organizers of Gamescom 2018 announced that the tickets for Saturday were completely sold out and that only afternoon tickets were available. In the press release it says:

No more private visitor tickets for gamescom Saturday (25.08.2018/XNUMX/XNUMX) available in the online ticket shop - High demand: secure a day ticket for the private visitor days Wednesday, Thursday and Friday now.
As in previous years, afternoon tickets for Saturday will be available on site at gamescom in 2018 (entry from 14 p.m.). Admission depends on the flow of visitors (exits from the site). Waiting times have to be accepted. If you want to experience gamescom for yourself and test numerous premieres live on site, we recommend that you get a gamescom ticket in advance for Wednesday, Thursday or Friday in the online ticket shop.

If you want to visit Gamescom 2018 and don't have a ticket yet, you should follow the recommendation. Experience shows that tickets for the remaining days of the fair also sell out quickly. 

The rush of exhibitors leads to record numbers

This year, the world's largest trade fair for consumer electronics is expecting something spectacular, with record values ​​already being achieved in the early bird registration phase for exhibitors.

Gamescom was able to come up with the good news on February 22, 2018, that at this point in time there was already a 13 percent increase in the number of publisher registrations compared to the previous year, 16 country pavilions were registered and exhibitors booked a whole 10 percent more space . Outstanding.

Hardly any computer game fair attracts as many well-known publishers as Gamescom. The trade fair in Cologne proves that Germany is one of the major players in the video game industry. 

The exhibitors registered so far include:

  •  Alternate
  •  Astragon Entertaiment
  •  Asus computers
  •  Bandai Namco Entertainment
  •  Bethesda Softworks
  •  Blizzard Entertainment
  •  Caseking
  •  CD project
  •  Deep Silver - Koch Media
  •  Electronic Arts
  •  Epic Games
  •  ESL - Turtle Entertainment
  •  Film and Media Foundation North Rhine-Westphalia
  •  Gamecity Hamburg
  •  Gamer Legion
  •  Games Bavaria
  •  Gigabyte Technology
  •  Google - Youtube Gaming
  •  Kalypso Media
  •  Konami
  •  State of Baden-Württemberg
  •  MediaNet Berlin-Brandenburg
  •  Medion
  •  Microsoft
  •  Razer
  •  Roccat
  •  Square Enix
  •  Techland
  •  THQ Nordic
  •  Ubisoft
  •  Wargaming
  •  Warner Bros. Entertaiment

Gamescom Rumor Mill 2018: It's seething - we're cooking with you

The rumors about the expected games of the world's largest computer and video game event are unmistakably loud. 

There are leaks in the gamer world that make us expect great things for Gamescom 2018. In addition to the MMO giant "The Division 2", the action-packed racing game "The Crew 2" and the open-world adventure game "Watch Dogs 3", new AAA titles from Ubisoft are to be shown.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 2018

There is evidence of a "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 2018". The final installment in the seven-part series (not counting the PSP spin-off Essentials) was Splinter Cell: Blacklist 2013. Players are waiting for something new, and last year Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot said that there were "several concepts" for another game and that one had to decide on a specific concept. In addition, a product page for "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 2018" appears on the Canadian Amazon page that is still sparsely populated. So it's not surprising that we're looking forward to this title.

Assassin's Creed: Odyssey

The alleged leak about the new "Assassin's Creed" made the gamer world sit up and take notice. Ubisoft has now confirmed that "Assassin's Creed: Odyssey" will be set in ancient Greece and will be officially presented at the approaching E3 2018. The leak also describes that the new Assassin's Creed takes us to the time of the Flavian Dynasty. Rumor has it that there are two playable characters, the return of the naval battles, the brotherhood system, social stealth, the weapon wheel, the smoke bombs and individualizations in the Unity style. In addition, alleged locations on the map are already revealed to us. It should transport us to Achaea, Macedonia, Epirus, the Aegean and Ionian Seas and Asia. The truthfulness of the Reddit voice remains doubtful.


In addition to titles like “Super Smash Bros” for the Nintendo Switch, we can expect further surprises from the giant Nintendo, according to a leak. If we believe the leak, there are also remastered versions of the "Spyro Reignited Trilogy" and "Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy" waiting for "F-Zero SX", "Fortnite", "Fallout 3 - Anniversary", "Yoshi's Flipping Island" , "Punch Out - Become the Champion" and "Metroid Prime 4", which could possibly be called "Metroid Prime - Renegade".

So far there have been some rumors about a Pokémon RPG for the Nintendo Switch. There was talk of a release this year, and gaming analysts also considered a release at the end of 2018 to be possible. Hope for a new Pokémon game for Gamescom 2018 spread among the fans. Now Nintendo has confirmed with a trailer for the games “Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Eevee! ”for the hybrid console Nintendo Switch the rumors. The games should be designed to be particularly beginner-friendly and a mixture of Pokémon Go and the yellow edition with the original 151 Pokémon of the first generation. The release of the two titles should be on November 16, 2018; In addition, another classic Pokémon main game has been announced for the second half of 2019.


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Activision Blizzard: Rumors of Diablo 4?

As usual, Blizzard likes it breathtaking and admittedly, we love it!

Blizzard Entertainment stands for Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, Starcraft 2 and (who would have expected it) Diablo. These game titles are just waiting to be played extensively by you. As usual, there will also be a spectacular supporting program.

On August 14, exactly one week before Gamescom opens, Blizzard will release the seventh WoW expansion entitled "Battle for Azeroth". Can we expect a first early patch preview? In any case, fans should not expect big surprises for World of Warcraft so soon after the release of the new expansion. Much more exciting is the question of Diablo 4 – or at least a class expansion for Diablo 3. The first indications of a druid expansion were already there at the beginning of the year. In addition, Blizzard seems to be managing the action adventure rather than developing it further. The announcement of a completely new part of the Diablo world would therefore not only be surprising, but a sensation. Blizzard is packing a lot of content from the Diablo universe into the teamfighting game Heroes of the Storm, and skin packs of Diablo icon Deckard Cain and Nephalem have also been released. In addition, there will soon be a far-reaching revision of the game content and further "Nexomania skins". We can't wait to see what awaits us.

Update. June 06, 2018:

The information can sometimes go that fast. With a job advertisement, Blizzard finally confirms what fans have already suspected for a long time: the Californians are working on a new, so far not officially announced title in the Diablo universe. 

The job posting for the Dungeon artist says:

"We're working on a new, unannounced Diablo project. Are you a skilled dungeon artist?
Come work with us, and together we will build something exceptional."

What exactly it is about cannot be found in the text snippet. It is almost certain that Blizzard will not do without a sequel to the successful Hack & Slay in its classic form - but the Californian game developer has been good for many a surprise in the past. You just don't know what to expect!  

gamescom 2018 - anticipation, information, news and more for the world's largest trade fair for consumer electronics in Cologne
The continuation of the Diablo series was considered almost certain by fans. Blizzard has kept a low profile so far, but recently announced through a job advertisement that a new title from the Diablo universe is being worked on. (Image: Blizzard)

The supporting program of Gamescom 2018 in a nutshell

Game is organizing a “Pitch & Match @ gamescom” for the third time.

The "Pitch & Match @ gamescom" is the highlight for game developers at the fair. Games developers can take part in the "Pitch & Match @ gamescom" on August 21, 2018. According to the Association of the German Games Industry, game developer teams (from the novice to the expert team) can have their current projects scrutinized by publishers in 20-minute pitch sessions, and this is now the third time. Interested development teams can register for the "Pitch & Match @ gamescom" until July 31, 2018.

10 years Gamescom-Camp - the portion of festival feeling for trade fair visitors

An anniversary is being celebrated in the youth park in Cologne. The Gamescom Camp is going into its tenth round in 2018 and you can be part of it. Depending on the booking, different-sized tents, sleeping bags, camping accessories or even (for the first time in Gamescom Camp history) your own deluxe house on the campsite await you. From the evening design, via WiFi, to various zones (chill-out zone, campfire, action area, evening program and more), you will be offered an all-round package tailored to your needs. You can get a basic ticket for 29,50 euros per person per night in a tent that you have brought with you.

gamescom 2018 - anticipation, information, news and more for the world's largest trade fair for consumer electronics in Cologne
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The Gamescom Congress - Germany's largest congress for everything to do with entertainment electronics

The "Gamescom Congress 22.08.2018" will take place on August 2018nd, 850 as part of the world's largest trade fair for computer and video games. According to the organizer, more than XNUMX representatives from business, science, society, politics, culture and the games industry are expected. The exciting main topics should include the areas "knowledge, business, gamification, legal and life", presented and discussed by well-known speakers and experts!

The Gamescom campus is waiting for you again this year 

Find out more about media education, youth media protection and games in rousing lectures and shows at Gamescom 2018 (Hall 10.2). There is advice on "Jobs & Careers in the Games Area" for interested young talents. In addition, “time travel through the computer world” and other exciting activities are offered. For example, the “Jugendforum NRW” offers a number of events on the subjects of “youth protection, media competence and games”.

Popular Gamigo Gamers Party rises again for Gamescom 2018

At this year's Gamescom, the Gamigo Group will have an action-packed party in the “waiting room at the cathedral”. The tickets are only available in limited numbers and can be purchased from the provider eventbrite.com can be booked free of charge. Gamigo promises: “We'll provide a great atmosphere, cool music, drinks and snacks, and you'll be in a good mood! Cosplay contest, good music and celebrities and and and ... The evening will be mega! ”.

Sounds like an action-packed evening for tired gamers, cosplayers and party heroes - doesn't it?

The Gamescom City Festival in Cologne's city center calls for celebrations, lingering and feasting again in 2018

When it comes time to combine games, street food from all over the world and music, then it's time again for THE German gaming festival of the year, the Gamescom City Festival on Cologne's Neumarkt, Rudolfplatz and Hohenzollernring.
Top-class concerts by well-known international show acts await visitors from all over the world. As one of the highlights of the fair, visitors to Gamescom should definitely not miss the festival.